After 20 epic years of wandering, Ulysses arrives on the shores of Ithaca, his homeland. His faithful wife Penelope finds the shroud she has been weaving and unpicking is now finished and her suitors’ requests must be answered. Will Ulysses be in time? In Primo Levi’s book The Truce, a group of Italians, repatriated from Auschwitz find themselves moored in the middle of the Russian steppe. They are ravaged by a savage nostalgia for their homeland.
Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, blended with circus, folksong and choreography ‐ re‐imagined as told by the characters from the world of Primo Levi ‐ transforms a baroque opera into a contemporary tale of returning, faithfulness, and longing for home. Told with Circa’s signature mixture of powerful physicality and scintillating musicality, Il Ritorno is a new kind of physical opera that speaks directly, with great honesty and force, to the heart.
70 to 90 minutes (no intermission)
5 acrobats, 4 singers, 2 musicians
Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Australia
50,000 – 60,000 USD plus housing and freight depending on routing